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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seaons pt4

Fri 10 Feb 2017

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The final film by OAE leader Kati Debretzeni taking an in depth look at Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi concert at Kings Place.

This time Kati explores how different violinists and ensembles interpret Vivaldi’s notation differently to make The Four Seasons their own.

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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt3

Wed 8 Feb 2017

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Kati Debretzeni looks at how Vivaldi uses music to paint a picture – Part 3 of her exploration of The Four Seasons.

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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt2

Wed 1 Feb 2017

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In part 2, violinist Kati Debretzeni explores how Vivaldi uses the violin as a virtuoso instrument.

Hear her perform the Four Seasons at our Turning Points concert at Kings Place on 11 Feb.

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Is what you see really what you get?

Thu 26 Jan 2017

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In 2017/18 we’re starting Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts celebrating the thought that made the modern world.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt1

Wed 25 Jan 2017

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Ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concert at Kings Place on Sat 11 February, Kati Debretzeni takes an in depth look at Vivaldi’s innovative writing for the violin.

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Rob Howarth’s take on a 17th Century Christmas

Mon 19 Dec 2016

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We grabbed 2 minutes with director Rob Howarth in the back of a cab to tell us about his Christmas celebration of 17th Century German music at Kings Place, Monday 19 December.

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Mad skillz from footballer turned harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone

Fri 28 Oct 2016

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Catch him doing the harpsichord thing (no football planned as yet) with the OAE on Sunday at St John’s Smith Square.   More info and book tickets

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‘A new golden age in English choral music’

Mon 19 Sep 2016

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The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment performs its first solo a capella concert.

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Vibrato with Julia Kuhn

Mon 5 Sep 2016

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Go and see a modern orchestra and you’ll notice they’re all using vibrato. Go and see the OAE and things might not be quite the same. Why use vibrato? And why do we only use it sometimes?

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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016

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Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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Adrian Bending on his Schnellar Timpani

Mon 11 Jul 2016

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“It’s a bit like driving on the left – doing the same thing but in a different way”. Our Principal Timpanist Adrian Bending shows us his new set of drums, the Schnellar Timpani.

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The forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’

Fri 27 May 2016

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‘When we play it, it invokes the horns of the forest. Which is where we all come from, ancestrally, as horn players.’

As the OAE horn section rehearse, Martin Lawrence talks about the forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’.

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Vladimir Jurowski

Conductor

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‘They are an inspiration to me.’  Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski tells us what makes the OAE so special.

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Max Mandel chats about Mozart and American composer Michael Gordon

Thu 5 May 2016

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‘The person who can make you cry in a major key, like no-one else can.’

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Irish flutes in Bruckner?

Wed 20 Apr 2016

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Lisa Beznosiuk shows us the flute she is playing in Bruckner’s 6th Symphony.

Hear it this Friday at the Royal Festival Hall, London:

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner

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Philip Dale on the trombone in Bruckner

Wed 20 Apr 2016

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Bruckner trombone? Beethoven trombone? Philip Dale takes us through the differences between the two and which one he’ll be choosing to play in Bruckner’s six symphony on Friday 22 April 2016.

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Daniel Bates on the oboe in Mahler 2

Fri 8 Apr 2016

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‘It takes the musicians and the audience on this epic journey.’

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The horns in Mahler’s Second Symphony

Wed 23 Mar 2016

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“It’s easy to think Mahler 2 is all about horns. Which it is really.”

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Vladimir Jurowski on Mahler

Mon 14 Mar 2016

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OAE Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski discusses the Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Mahler’s Resurrection on period instruments.

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In depth: Marin Alsop on Schumann, madness and creativity

Sun 21 Feb 2016

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Before our Marin, Music and Madness concert at the Royal Festival Hall in February, conductor Marin Alsop got together with journalist Jessica Duchen, musicologist Dr Robert Samuels and Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore, to discuss whether madness and genius really do go hand in hand. Or does this notion misrepresent both creativity and mental health problems?

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